This week’s preview is going to be a bit different instead of an in-depth look at 1 tournament or groupRead more
When people think of junior college baseball there are generally 3 states/areas people will say if they do not know much about it. Texas anywhere, Arizona, and then Florida. And they are not wrong in that simple thought. Florida year in and year out has some of the top Teams, Players, and Prospects in the country.
In the past 10 years, the winner of this district has played in a National Title game 5 times (Chipola 2018, 2019), Northwest Florida State (2015), Miami Dade (2014), and Palm Beach State (2013). And took home 3 National Titles (Chipola 2018, 2019 and Northwest Florida State (2015).
On the Tallent Side of this District we could sit here for days and talk about each team in length but here is some of the top names out in florida this year:
Florida Southwestern States- Luis Tuero and Carter Cunningham
Chipolas- Bo Bonds, Cam Gray, and Andrew Baker
Santa Fes-Luis Rodriguez and Johnathan Logsdon
St. Petersburg's-Chris Williams
State College of Florida's-Cole Ayers, Tucker Mitchell, and Rook Ellington
Northwest Florida's-Dylan DeLucia, Nasir Fredrick, and Tyler Kehoe
Gulf Coasts-Justin Kelley, and Dallen Leach
St. Johns Rives- Dawson Gause
Central Florida's-Nick Calero, Mason Ronan, and Logan Adams
Lake Sumter States-Naphis LlanosRead more
As many of you, the opening weekend for the 2021 Junior College season was this past weekend. Although there were not many games to cover the entire country but we are going to give a quick recap of what happened from the nations top teams as well many that do not generally get the same love as some of the top schools.
Also this is the first week that we are not having a National Top 25. Even though we have had one every week since we started producing Junior College content we felt that with the slow start to the year and teams slowly getting back going we will give it a few weeks before we adjust anything as far as the National Rankings.
The top 5 teams (#1 Southern Nevada, #2 Wabash Valley, #3 McLennan, #4 John A. Logan, and #5 Walters State) did not play this weekend.
#6 Northwest Florida went 1-2 this past weekend with losses to both Miami Dade (12-5), and #15 Florida SouthWestern State (5-1), With a win over Hillsborough (12-5).
#7 Grayson played a 3 game set with Wharton and if you have listened to the most recent Juco Pod, then you know what happened in game 1 with a 20-6 Win. The next day during their double header they split the double header with a win in game one (9-5) and a loss in game two (4-7).
The next two teams in the top 10 did not play either (#8 Iowa Western and #9 Johnson County)
Rounding out the Top 10 is San Jac. They played a 4 game series with Baton Rouge. They went 3-1 on the weekend (6-1, 8-4, 4-7, and 16-10)
Teams of The Week
Here is a look at the teams that made the biggest moves or had huge weeks as a team for each division
Div 1: St. Petersburg (3-0)
Throughout this past weekend you could say this was one of the biggest surprises when we were looking at all the box scores. That to be said is not a dis by any means to St. Petersburg. They are always well coached, and are almost always a solid team. But, just like any team in florida they get overshadowed.
To kick off this weekend with two games Friday. The first was against Pensacola State. They won 8-7 in 7 innings behind the bats of Brayron Acevedo (1-4, HR RBI) and Zeph Hoffpauir (2-4, HR, 3 RBI).
In game two they took the win from #12 Chipola in a 6-4 contest. They were led by a solid team offensive game. The big key was Leo O’Shinkski in relief. He came in in the 5th and locked down Chipola with 3 innings allowing just 3 base runners (1 Hit, 2 Walks) to go with 6 K’s to keep them at bay.
To round out the weekend they won in a decisive manner against Sante Fe 8-1. Gabriel Ricones had a day going 3-4 with Homer, 2 RBI, and 2 runs.
Other Notable Weeks:
Central Florida (3-0)- Wins vs Pasco Hernando (23-1), #15 Florida SouthWestern State (11-7), Miami Dade (8-7)
Indian Rivers State (3-0)- Wins vs #21 State College of Florida (12-11), Santa Fe (12-8), Palm Beach State (6-2)
Players of the Week
This is a quick look at some of the top 4-5 weeks as both Hitters and Pitchers across the country.
This week saw a TON of baseball all across the country. Still no rankings this week and we will not have any until the end of February. Until then we will have these recaps mixed with our Players of the Week, Teams of the Week, and Recap of our “Series” of the previous week.
Tournament of Champions Recap
Howard-3 vs #7 Grayson-17
#3 McLennan-18 vs Howard-10
Navarro-3 vs #7 Grayson-9
Odessa-1 vs #10 San Jac-8
Weatherford-7 vs Alvin-1
Alvin-4 vs #7 Grayson-5
#3 McLennan-6 vs Alvin-11
Weatherford-3 vs Odessa-2
Navarro-9 vs Weatherford-12
#3 McLennan-3 vs Odessa-1
#3 McLennan-17 vs #10 San Jac-8
Weatherford-10vs #10 San Jac-12
Howard-10 vs #10 San Jac-7
Navarro-21 vs Howard-11
Odessa-4 vs #7 Grayson-7
Navarro-8 vs Alvin-0
#10 San Jac
Before you Criticize the rankings which we know people are going to do regardless, the final standings above are calculated on the weight of each win. Hence why even though Navarro wen 2-2 and Howard was 1-3, Howards 1 win (#10 San Jac) was worth more than both of Navarro's wins (Alvin and Howard). Yes, Navarro beat Howard but were going off the strength of the wins vs actual list for those standings.
If you are looking, that was the biggest surprise that would have to be Weatherford. Coming in there were a lot of questions we felt needed to be answered when it came to them. On paper they were good but would that translate to the field? And other than the one loss to San Jac to close up the weekend they proved to be better then what we gave them credit for. Their combo of X Factor bats and High End Arms are going to be a big reason why they can continue to be successful this season.
The team that “Won” the Weekend was Grayson going 4-0 with wins over Howard, Odessa, Navarro, and Alvin. They scored an average of 9.5 runs a game while allowing just 3.5 runs. Coming into the weekend Grayson was one of two teams that had played games before this weekend. With very few questions to be answered about them they answered them as loud as possible. With a line up that seems to have no holes, as well as arms that never seem to end, this team looks to be as complete as anyone in the country at this point.
With more games being played this week we debated having an updated ranking but still decided to hold off until more have the chance to play.
#1 Southern Nevada started their season off going 3-1 with a loss to close the weekend to Salt Lake 15-3
#2 Wabash Valley starts their season February 13th.
#3 McLennan Competed in the Tournament of Champions going 3-1 with a loss to Alvin to start the weekend
#4 John A. Logan starts their season this week against Morton on Wednesday the 3rd
#5 Walters State went 3-0 outsourcing USC Salkehatchie 37-0
#6 Northwest Florida State went 2-0 with wins over Coastal Alabama-Brewton and Pensacola State
#7 Grayson went 4-0 at the Tournament of Champions
#8 Iowa Western Starts their season February 27th
#9 Johnson County starts their season February 12th
#10 San Jac went 3-1 at the Tournament of Champions
#1 LSU-Eunice went 3-0
#2 Pearl River starts their season this week against East Central on Wednesday the 3rd
#3 NOC-Tonkawa starts their season this week against Hesston on Tuesday the 2nd
#4 Heartland starts their season February 27th
#5 Lansing starts their season March 16th
#6 Kirkwood starts their season February 27th
#7 Hinds starts their season this weekend against Southwest Mississippi
#8 Kellogg starts their season on March 12th
#9 Northeast Mississippi went 1-1 with a lost to East Mississippi
#10 Mercer County
Only 2 Division 3 top 10 teams played this week
#1 Tyler went 2-0 against Centenary (10-1, 9-5)
#10 Coastal Bend went 2-2; Two Losses against Western Texas (13-4, 7-6); and two wins against Ranger (5-1, 12-5)
Other Notable Weeks
Cleveland County-1-0 This week marking the first ever program win 12-2 vs Surry
UA-Rich Mountain-1-2, Despite going 1-2 this week they also got their first ever Program win 8-4 vs Paris
Team of the Week
#12 Chipola (4-0)
Chipola claims our team of the week honors for week 2. With two wins over Coastal Alabama-Monroeville and two wins over #23 Wallace-Dothan.
They kicked off their week with a 10-3 win over Wallace-Dothan. This game was lead by Lyle Miller-Green (3-3, BB, RBI, 2B, 3 R), and Alfonso Villalobos (1-3, 3 RBI, HR, 3 R) at the plate while Andrew Baker and Jaylen Nowlin (UA-Birmingham Commit) did their jobs on the mound combining for 13 K’s with only 1 hit.
In the next two games they took on Coastal, In game 1 they won it 8-4 behind the bats of Dylan Goldstein (1-2, 3 RBI, HR, 1 R) and Mark Black (2-3, 3 RBI, HR, 1 R). In their second game they won it 5-2 behind the relief efforts of Bo Bonds (UL-Lafayette Commit) who went 3 innings striking out 9 with no hits.
To close out their week they took the last game vs Wallace-Dothan 12-2. This looked to be a complete team effort at the plate with 4 individuals all with multiple RBI’s (Myle Austin 2, Mark Black 2, Matthew Garcia 2, Cesar Franco 2)
Grayson (4-0)-Wins vs Howard (17-3), Odessa (7-4), Navarro (9-3), Alvin (5-4)
East Mississippi (2-0)- Wins vs Itawamba (9-3), #9 Northeast Mississippi (3-2)
Last year Chipola was on the hunt for a 3rd Straight National Title which is something that has not happened at the NJCAA Div. 1 level since the 1980s where San Jac won 3 in a row from 1985-1987. Them winning 2 in a row was also the first time that it has happened since 1999-2000 where Grayson won back to back titles.
Previous Winners: ‘19 Chipola, ‘18 Chipola (National Champs), ‘17 Chipola (National Champs), ‘16 Santa Fe, ‘15 Northwest Florida (National Champs), ‘14 Miami Dade (National Runner-Up), ‘13 Palm Beach State (National Runner Up), ‘12 Polk State, ‘11 Chipola, ‘10 State College of Florida
As always the State of Florida is loaded with talent and of course, this year is no different. Leading the way this year is Justice Thompson (North Carolina) from Northwest Florida takes home the Pre-Season Player of the Year Honors. Where State College of Florias Jake Smith takes home the Pre-Season Pitcher of the Year. Both Jake and Justice were Ranked in the Top 101 as well as were Both Preseason All-Americans.Read more